Viles Arboretum is excited to announce its newest project for our Forest of the Future initiative. Set to launch in the spring of 2024 we will be building a tree root observation tunnel that will serve as important research tools for scientists studying the biology of trees and their ecosystems. By examining the root structures up close, researchers can gain insights into how trees respond to changes in the environment, how they interact with other plants, and how they absorb and distribute nutrients. This knowledge can inform conservation efforts and help us better understand the importance of trees in maintaining the health of our planet.
This new addition will provide members of our community an educational and therapeutic experience. Walking through a tunnel surrounded by the roots of a tree can create a sense of peace and connection with nature. The experience can be especially powerful for those who live in urban areas and may not have easy access to natural environments.
In addition to being fascinating and informative, we hope this new tree root observation tunnels can also inspire people to take action to protect our natural environment. By providing a tangible and immersive way to connect with the natural world, these tunnels can help people understand the importance of preserving forests and other ecosystems. They can also serve as a reminder of the incredible complexity and beauty of the natural world, and the need to protect it for future generations.
Help us get underground by donating to get this project off the ground.